The United Nations will ship a mission to Nagorno-Karabakh for the primary time in about 30 years, scrambling to deal with humanitarian wants after Azerbaijan retook the territory and triggered a significant refugee exodus, a spokesman has mentioned.
“The authorities of Azerbaijan and the UN have agreed on a mission to the area. The mission will happen over the weekend,” spokesman Stephane Dujarric instructed reporters on Friday.
The announcement got here on the heels of a request by Armenia to the World Courtroom to order Azerbaijan to withdraw all its troops from civilian institutions in Nagorno-Karabakh in order that the UN have secure entry, the courtroom mentioned on Friday.
The World Courtroom, formally generally known as the Worldwide Courtroom of Justice, in February ordered Azerbaijan to make sure free motion via the Lachin hall to and from the disputed area, in what then was an intermediate step in authorized disputes with neighbouring Armenia.
In a request for provisional measures submitted on Thursday, Armenia requested the courtroom to reaffirm the orders it gave Azerbaijan in February and to order it to chorus from all actions straight or not directly geared toward displacing the remaining ethnic Armenians from the area.
Some worldwide specialists have mentioned the exodus of ethnic Armenians from Nagorno-Karabakh meets the circumstances for the struggle crime of “deportation or forcible switch”, or perhaps a crime in opposition to humanity.
Final week, Azerbaijan’s forces took management of the self-declared state within the primarily ethnic Armenian enclave, prompting residents to flee and stirring fears of ethnic cleaning.
Through the years, Azerbaijan and Armenia have fought two wars over the mountainous area.
“We haven’t had entry to there about 30 years,” mentioned Dujarric, because of the “very sophisticated and delicate geopolitical state of affairs.”
“So, it’s crucial that we will get in,” he continued, including that the mission would achieve this by air from Azerbaijan.
A staff of a few dozen folks led by the UN’s humanitarian affairs division will assess the wants of people that have remained within the territory and those that are on the transfer, he added.
“And naturally, it bears reminding of the necessity for everybody to respect worldwide regulation and particularly worldwide human rights regulation,” he mentioned.